Why get involved in NASP archery? Archery is a unique, safe and life-long sport that welcomes all students, girls and boys. NASP and the Genesis bow strives to help archers develop better archery form and change lives. Since the Kentucky program started, the NASP program has demonstrated that archery in the schools has improved student attendance and engagement in school. Archery reaches not only those students already involved in after school activities, but many archers in Iowa NASP clubs claim that it is one of the only school activities they are involved in.
Archery in the Schools
Archers in the NASP Program attend schools in which a NASP unit in archery is offered. Archery units are usually offered by PE teachers in the schools. Instructors and coaches are trained in BAI courses. See coaches information at COACHES section. For more information see What is NASP.
After school club
Students in grades 4-12 at Mount Vernon are invited to join an after-school club program to practice and compete in state and national tournaments. What are these archers shooting for in practices? The competition format for NASP: Each archer shoots a practice round of 5 arrows (an end) at 10 meters at a 80cm FITA target. The FITA targets has 10 rings with a center region worth 10 points and each wider ring worth one point less. Then the archer shoots 3 scored ends at 10 meters. The archer moves back and shoots 5 practice arrows at 15 meters. This is followed again by 3 scored ends at 15 meters. The archer signs and turns in their score card: a total of 30 scored arrows will have been shot at two distances. The best score possible is 300. See practice schedule on EVENTS CALENDAR.
At each NASP shooting event, archers compete for both team and individual awards. There are 3 divisions: Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle school (grades 6-8) and High school (grades 9-12). Teams are created by school and division. The size of team may be between 12-24 archers of both girls and boys. Four (4) archers must be of the opposite gender. However, the team score is decided by the top 12 individual scores of archers identified for each school in their division – 4 of those score must be of the opposite gender. A top team score is 3600. Individual archers can also shoot for individual awards by division and by gender. The number of awards given out vary by tournament directors. For schedule of shoots see EVENTS CALENDAR
State and National Tournaments
Student archers can excel in their performance during the Iowa NASP League and get to compete at the Iowa State NASP Championship Tournament in Des Moines and/or the National NASP Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. The World NASP Tournament may also be a possibility for some archers and their families. Student archers who are the best at these prestigious tournaments may be awarded college scholarships or all-star team honors – traveling to other countries, like South Africa.